a Coruna to Camarinas

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We left the marina in A Coruña at dawn and the other two Swedish boats, Beyond and Corsico, left at the same time. There are two marinas next to each other in A Coruña and we were not in the same marina. The only way to see that the other two boats were on their way out at the same time was by looking at the AIS. There was a dense fog so we couldn’t see each other until we got really close. For us that dense fog was a new experience but we had been warned about fog in the Spanish rias and along the Portuguese coast. Because of that we bought a fog horn the other day. We had a can with pressurized air and a horn on it but if there is a lot of fog to come we didn’t want to risk using up the can so now we also have a manual fog horn that you blow in. Thankfully on this occasion the fog cleared up quite quickly and gave us a beautiful sunrise instead.

The trip to Camariñas started out with almost no wind for the first few hours and then the wind picked up a bit and we got good speed and for the last few nautical miles we had a beam reach with gusts up to 14 m/s, that was quite intense but it worked out well. Our average speed for the day was 5 knots which is fast for us but compared to Beyond and Corisco we were still quite slow. We saw them getting further and further ahead of us becoming smaller and smaller dots in the horizon until we couldn’t see them at all. When we approached the marina in Camariñas both Corisco and Beyond were anchored in the bay outside the marina. According to the weather forecast the wind was going to be quite strong the coming days so we decided to go into the marina. About an hour or so after our arrival Beyond called and asked about the conditions in the marina and a short while later they joined us. Mia cooked red curry chicken with rice and we all had dinner and a really nice evening together.

The next day was spent walking around in the village, we found some funny little stone houses on pillars in almost every garden we walked by. After some research we found out that they are called hórreos and that they are used for storing grain or other food. They stand on pillars with a slightly rounded stones on top to keep rodents out and the houses have slits in their walls to make sure the ventilation is good.

We have mentioned before that since we came to Spain we have had almost no wind or too much wind and we don’t want to sail when it’s too much wind. But when Karin and Richard on Beyond said that they were probably leaving the next day we got inspired. When we arrived to Camariñas and looked at the weather forecast we expected to have to stay here for up to a week before the weather calmed down enough for us to move on. But we had a good look at the forecast and talked a bit about it and the wind was going to be north easterly which meant from behind us most of the time and the average wind between 8-10 m/s and gust up to 15 m/s. It’s a huge difference going down wind or broad reaching with winds of 8-15 m/s compared to beating against the wind. We ended up deciding that is was a good idea for us to leave the next day as well. We had paid for three nights when we arrived but we managed to explain to the nice lady in the office that didn’t speak English that we were leaving a day early and it was no problem to get the money back for the third night. We went to bed early looking forward to some good sailing and a nice day in the sun the next day.

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